Brazil’s National Museum, a 200-year-old institution, has been ravaged by fires. It was the oldest scientific institution in the country with more than twenty-million artefacts – including the oldest human remains ever found in the Americas. It’s believed that practically everything in the museum has been destroyed.
Seeing such historic artefacts lost forever is tragic, and it’s happened before. There have been library fires and even artefacts destroyed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.